DroidPlayer Fully Loaded Android TV Box Review – Best Value?
The DroidPlayer is one of the bestselling Android TV Boxes on Amazon and has garnered many favorable reviews, but how does it stack up against the less popular models? In this review, I go in-depth of how well the DroidPlayer performs and whether it’s worth its price.
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In A Nutshell
- Fast & Powerful – With a Dual Core 1.5GHZ A9-MIII Neon Cortex CPU and a Quad Core Mali 400 GPU, the DroidPlayer is fast and smooth, and can hold its own among the vast majority of other Android TV Boxes.
- Fully Loaded – You won’t have to worry about downloading any new software, as the DroidPlayer is pre-loaded with the award winning XBMC media player and entertainment hub, which allows you access a huge range of music, videos and other digital media.
- Great Value – You’ll be hard pressed to find another Android TV Box of equal specifications at the same price, which is why we’ve given it our Best Value label.
- Warranty & Updates – The DroidPlayer is produced by British electronics manufacturer Sunwire, who provides a 1 year extensive device warranty with lifetime support and updates. The same cannot be said for many other Android TV Boxes.
The Dual Core 1.5GHZ A9-MIII Neon Cortex CPU allows fast navigation of the interface and loading of apps fairly quickly with very little lag. Granted, it’s not as quick as a Quad Core, but the differences are not hugely noticeable.
However, you may want to invest in wireless keyboard with a touchpad simply because it will make navigation and typing a lot quicker rather than using the included remote control. That rule pretty much goes for all Android TV Boxes.
You can connect to the Internet by wireless or by connecting an Ethernet cable from your router to the box itself. Wireless signals are strong, and we didn’t see this drop much. However, that will largely depend on how strong your router is and how far away it is from your Android TV Box. If it’s no more than 10 meters away, then you shouldn’t have a problem with breakups when streaming videos.
|OS||Jelly Bean 4.2.2|
|Processor||1.5GHz Dual-Core A9-MIII Neon Cortex|
|GPU||Quad-Core Mali 400|
|RAM Memory||1GB (DDR3)|
|SD/MMC||SD (up to 32GB)|
|Wireless Connection||802.11 b/g/n|
|USB Ports||4 x USB 2.0|
|Other Ports||- HDMI
- Digital Coax S/PDIF
- Ethernet RJ45
|Video Output||HDMI v1.4 - Full HD 1080P|
|Supported Video Formats||AVI/RM/RMVB/MKV/WMV/MOV/MP4/WEBM/DAT/VOB/MPEG/MPG/FLV/ASF/TS/TP/3GP|
|Supported Audio Formats||MP3/WMA/WMV/APE/OGG/FLAC/AAC|
|Google Play Store|
- Power Adapter
- HDMI Cable
- Setup Guide
When you first turn on the DroidPlayer, you’ll be met with the start-up page (as shown on the right) which has a variety of tiles for different options (e.g. settings, Internet, webcam etc.) that can be scrolled through left to right.
This is fairly straightforward and if you’ve ever used an Android device before, you will get the hang of this in no time. You can practically access all your downloaded media from the home screen, or alternatively the ‘All Apps’ panel.
When you access the ‘All Apps’ tile and you’ll find popular and familiar apps already pre-installed such as the Google Play Store and Maps. This is where you’ll also find the XBMC media app, and I’d imagine you would be spending a lot of time here.
You can spend your days watching a tonne of movies, TV shows, sports games, adult films and so much more, from around the world, streamed directly to your media device, all for free with the help of XBMC.
You access these various mediums by downloading add-on apps in the XBMC interface, some of which are already installed. For example, the app ‘1 Channel’ allows you to watch pretty much any TV show that has ever been produced, usually in HD.
Streaming and downloading music in XBMC is also available, and if you’re ever confused on how to use any aspect of XBMC, there’s a pre-installed Help Center.
- Pound-for-pound, it’s one of the best value Android TV Boxes around.
- Good specifications that can compete and even beat many of the other top models.
- Pre-loaded with a host of media entertainment.
To say that the DroidPlayer is not the best Android TV Box in terms of specifications, would be nitpicking. It still performs its tasks very well. It’s a bit like saying the Ferrari Enzo is not the fastest car, but it’s still pretty fast and efficient. But if you do want a higher performance, albeit a bit more expensive model, then we recommend the MiniX Neo X7.
What we’re most impressed about here is how much value the DroidPlayer gives, which is a lot. What most people want is a media hub that is versatile in apps and add-ons, has a variety of movies, TV shows and music, and plays them smoothly. That’s what the DroidPlayer provides, and also at a fantastic price.
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